PLANS have been announced for the second annual eatBute food festival, showcasing the best fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced food from the island and surrounding areas.
The eatBute 09 festival will take place at Mount Stuart from September 11-13, 2009. The centrepiece of the event will be a farmers' and crafts market, extended this year to two days, while the weekend will also feature a range of activities for families and children, cookery demonstrations, an interactive lecture series featuring guest chefs and leading members of the 'Slow Food' movement and a banquet Sunday lunch.
Johnny Bute, chairman of the Mount Stuart Trust, will host a private dinner in the marble hall of Mount Stuart house, while the same spectacular venue will host a Bute Ceilidh on the Sunday evening to bring the weekend to a close.
The inaugural eatBute festival took place at the end of May last year, with the move to September made this year to co-incide with Scottish Food Fortnight, which runs from September 5-20.
The programme of the weekend's events is as follows.
Friday, September 11
Event sponsors, invited guests, trade buyers and press will be invited to take part in a Bute Food Trail, visiting a number of Bute food producers at their premises allowing direct buying opportunities.
Community Schools Projects
Guest chefs will visit the local school campuses learning of the progress of the various ongoing food initiatives.
Attendance by invitation only, this dinner will be hosted by Johnny Bute, chairman of the Mount Stuart Trust, in the Marble Hall of Mount Stuart.
Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13
eatBute Food and Craft Market
Within the grounds of Mount Stuart, the market will attract local producers, suppliers and information stalls showcasing the very best local produce and craft available.
Children and Family Activities
Ranging from food trails to musical workshops, the programme of children and family activities will allow children to engage with the concept of eatBute.
Guest chefs will present a series of ticketed cookery demonstrations within the grounds of Mount Stuart.
Food for Thought interactive lecture series
Guest chefs will be joined by some leading thinkers from the Slow Food Movement and will present a series of ticketed, interactive sessions within the grounds of Mount Stuart.
Sunday, September 13
eatBute Banquet Lunch
A ticketed lunch within Mount Stuart house where the audience will be able to meet the event's guest chefs. A book signing opportunity will also take place.
Exhibitors' Drinks Reception
Taking place before the finale ceilidh, Johnny Bute will be hosting a drinks reception, exclusively for event exhibitors, sponsors and partners, providing an opportunity to network and reflect on the event.
The finale ceilidh is a ticketed event open to all, which will celebrate eatBute and Bute talent, with the Bute Ceilidh Band, Rothesay and District Pipe Band and Margaret Anne Speirs School of Dance.